How to Repair a Shower Curtain With Eyelets

Updated February 21, 2017

It only takes one hard yank for a shower curtain with eyelets to be torn and damaged. Save money and waste by repairing a torn shower curtain rather than replacing it. Repairing a ripped eyelet isn't difficult and can be done discreetly, creating a shower curtain that's as good as new. Different methods and materials are required for vinyl and cloth shower curtains.

Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the old or broken eyelets from the shower curtain if they are metal. Leave damaged flat plastic rings or shower curtain eyelets in place and simply repair over them.

Clean the surface to be repaired with all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt, grime and or soap scum. Dry thoroughly.

Cut a piece of clear packing tape or clear contact paper to cover the damaged area of your shower curtain. Allow a generous overlap around the rip or tear.

Punch a new hole through the tape and the shower curtain, lining the new hole up with the old one. Place an eyelet through the hole. Place the eyelet tool on the top half of the eyelet and hammer into place.

Remove the damaged eyelet from the shower curtain. Use a flathead screwdriver and small pliers to detach the eyelet halves from one another. Discard.

Use matching thread and small, neat stitches to sew up any rips and tears in the shower curtain. Patch the backside of the curtain with a fabric scrap, if necessary. Sew up the hole left by the original eyelet.

Mark the position of a new eyelet hole, lining it up with the other holes on the shower curtain. Snip a tiny hole and insert half of the eyelet. Put the second half of the shower curtain eyelet into place. Use the eyelet tool and hammer to tap into place.

Re-hang your shower curtain, using standard shower curtain rings and rod.


Always place a small wooden block under your eyelets when working with a hammer and eyelet tool, or work outside on a work bench.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear packing tape or clear contact paper
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Hole punch
  • Eyelets
  • Eyelet tool
  • Hammer
  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Needle
  • Matching cotton
  • Fabric scraps
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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.